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Moms Take the Cake

It doesn't have to be fancy, expensive or unusual. Moms just want to know that they are loved. That costs nothing but if you really want to do something special why not be an angel and make this light as a cloud tasting angel food cake with whipped cream raspberry frostin…

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Kitchen Capers

Have you tried capers? They really give lift to a lot of savory dishes. Capers come from a plant that grows wild in the Mediterranean in craggy, rocky nooks. Their leaves trail down steep walls. Capers are the unopened flower buds of capparis spinos.  They are harves…

Asparagus! Spring’s Culinary Messenger

Tied in neat, tight bundles, like bouquets of flowers, fresh and locally grown tender asparagus makes its welcome appearance from March through June and was well known in antiquity. Its likeness was found carved into the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. The Greeks thought …

Fresh Herbs: Italian Palate Power

Fresh herbs have been dazzling the world since ancient times, revered for their healing properties as well as for their culinary flavors. I started my Italian herb garden outside my kitchen door years ago. There I was surrounded with garden tools of the trade and a wheel…

The Thighs Have It

The popularity of chicken thighs has some supermarkets scrambling to keep them in stock. No wonder cooks love them; they are inexpensive, tender, juicy and easy to cook. Grill, pan fry, bake or add them to soup. They become something special when rubbed with a mixture of …

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Chocolate for Easter

One of my fondest memories of Easters gone by is the image of my father taking a meat mallet at the end of Easter dinner and smashing a solid, chocolate, two-foot-tall darling Kewpie doll into edible chunks. I have always loved chocolate in any form—from cakes to c…

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Taking Stock of Your Pantry

This is the time of year that I take stock of what’s in my pantry. In my line of work, I have a walk-in pantry and I am fully aware that a lot of people do not. But somewhere in your kitchen are stored spices, canned goods, condiments and dried goods like flour and …

Velvety Cream of Mushroom Soup

It’s slim pickings in the produce department so my go to salvation is mushrooms! Always available, they are perfect for this earthy soup. Velvety Cream of Mushroom SoupServes 4-6 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 pound button mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly …

Playing Chicken

For years I have been trying to perfect my Sicilian grandmother’s chicken in wine dish. I am not even close but I am not giving up. I can still taste that succulent dish permeated with wine and rosemary.  My latest thought was to use a cast iron pan because I r…

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Valentines Day In Miniature

Cupcakes have been on the sweet scene for a long time; our love affair with them knows no end. Giant cupcakes, mini cupcakes, two-flavored cupcakes and clever cupcake cakes for weddings instead of a huge cake! There’s no denying their popularity. True, the cupcakes…

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